When all you want to do is become pregnant, it can seem like a never-ending wait until those plus signs appear on the home pregnancy test. It is normal at this stage to become hypersensitive to every change in your body. Does waking up nauseous mean you ate something bad? Or could you be pregnant? Do tender breasts mean your period is about to start or is it something else? Everything that you feel and experience is suddenly interpreted as a sign that you could be pregnant. At five days post ovulation (5 DPO), pregnancy symptoms are fairly rare and easy to misinterpret.
When Will I Notice That I am Pregnant?
Some women begin noticing symptoms of a pregnancy in the first few weeks after they have conceived. While a missed period is the most obvious sign, there are other symptoms to look out for. Some of the early symptoms include:
Fatigue: As your progesterone levels sore, you may suddenly feel too exhausted to do anything. You may feel unusually sleepy, or the exhaustion could be unbearably.
Nausea: Despite myths to the contrary, morning sickness is not experienced just in the mornings. You could feel nauseated by smells or when you have an empty stomach. If you have severe morning sickness, you may end up throwing up.
Breast Changes: It may seem like your breasts are especially sensitive, they may feel fuller than normal.
Frequent Bathroom Breaks: As the baby grows, it presses against the bladder. This makes many pregnant women feel like they need to urinate more frequently than normal.
Cravings and Food Aversions: With your sense of smell increasing, certain aromas may make you feel nauseous. At the same time, you may suddenly have cravings for specific foods.
Surprising Pregnancy Symptoms at 5 DPO
While the previous pregnancy symptoms are the most well-known, there are other symptoms that may surprise you. Each woman may have a different experience during pregnancy, but the following few symptoms are quite common.
Mood Swings: With your hormones fluctuating rapidly, it is normal for women to feel more emotional during the initial weeks of pregnancy.
Constipation: Another symptom from the hormonal fluctuations is a change in your digestive system. As your digestive system begins to fluctuate differently, you could end up with constipation.
Bleeding: The American Pregnancy Association estimated that about 25 to 30 percent of women will have bleeding or spotting during the beginning of their pregnancy. While some cases are caused by implantation bleeding, other cases are due to an ectopic pregnancy, cervical irritation, miscarriages and infections. Half of women who experience bleeding end up having a normal pregnancy, but you should visit your doctor to make sure that nothing else is wrong with you.
Higher Body Temperatures: Your basal body temperature is your body’s temperature when you wake up in the morning. Normally, your basal body temperature will rise a bit after ovulation and stay higher until you start your period. If you have an elevated basal body temperature for several weeks, you could be pregnant.
Cramping: Some women notice that they have mild cramping during early pregnancy. This is normally caused by the uterus growing and stretching to make room for the fetus. It can also happen when the egg implants itself in the uterus.